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All words: Toni Tileva
In this column, we cover songs for you to nod your head to in the EDM scene [electronic dance music, not extra dancey music, for those not in the know].
Expansion Broadcast Radio has been my all-time favorite radio station, with its consistent [think weekly] delivery of some the freshest, deepest bass music around. A true blessing to the DC edm scene, EXBC Radio’s roster of talent reads like a who’s-who of the DC DJ MVPs [most valuable plate-selectors]. In this installment, Plus Good, aka Ben Black, drops a mind-blowing array of drum’n’bass goodness spanning everything from jungle to liquid. Plus Good and Retrospect are the force behind Medication, a one Thursday a month homage to brilliant bassdom at Cafe Saint Ex. As this mix indicates, this is some smooth medicine; get your fix.
2. Erykah Badu – Love Of My Life (Kaytradamus Remix)
There is Nostradamus, Flosstradamus, and now Montreal’s Kaytradamus. The only commonality is the former portends luscious beats in your future. The lilting piano beat carries this already gorgeous ode to friendship and love to new heights. This is some future-sing you can get behind.
3. Jeru The Damaja – Ya Playin’ Yaself (Cheapshot Remix)
This remix is absolutely mental. DJ Cheapshot from LA brings some serious jaunt to this classic track. Not playing this would be playing yourself!
4. Kito – Sweet Talk
It is impossible to resist this deliciously sweet morsel of dubstep confectionary. Australian born Maaike Lebbing, aka Kito, teamed up with vocalist and friend, Reija Lee and released a 4 track EP, “Sweet Talk” on Diplo’s Mad Decent label. “Sweet Talk” gained a lot of airplay on UK’s BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, as well as holding second place for a number of weeks in the Dubstep Beatport Chart. You will be sweet talked into hitting the repeat button on this one.
5. Calyx & TeeBee–Pure Gold [feat. Kemo]
“We got serious on the drop.” One can say that again. Calyx and TeeBee, veterans of the drum’n’bass scene, released 2012’s All Or Nothing on Andy C’s Ram Records. A track off this release, Pure Gold delivers as promised.